Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Office: 622 Barrows Hall (Spring 2015 Office Hours: M 1:00pm-4:00 pm)
Juana María Rodríguez is Professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Department at UC Berkeley, where she is also affiliated faculty with the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies; the Berkeley Center for New Media; the Center for Race and Gender; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute's Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society's LGBTQ Citizen Cluster, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California.

Professor Rodríguez is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that considers the quandaries of representing racially gendered violence, pleasure, and trauma in visual culture.

  • Professor Rodríguez quoted in Atlantic Magazine on teaching about sexuality in High School
    Feb 4 2015 - 9:02am
  • Professor Rodríguez quoted in California Magazine: A Publication of the Cal Alumni Association
    Jan 15 2015 - 11:16am
  • Professor Rodríguez on Street Harassment
    Nov 25 2014 - 4:42pm

    In this roundtable discussion in Cosmo Latina, Professor Rodríguez shares her thoughts on street harassment, piropos, and hidden forms of sexual harassment.

  • Faculty Profile: Juana Maria Rodriguez on sexuality in public discourse
    Oct 22 2014 - 10:34am

    Professor Rodríguez is interviewed by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Equitable Society on her new book and the importance of engaging sexuality in public discourse.

  • Prof. Rodríguez on NPR's Latino USA:
    Aug 9 2014 - 6:40am

    "Taking on Academia: A Conversation about Latino Studies"

  • Out in Academia: Interview with Prof. Juana María Rodríguez
    Aug 9 2014 - 6:35am
  • The Promise of Transformative Education
    May 13 2014 - 7:16pm

     The link below is taken from Professor Rodríguez's keynote address to the Creating Connections Consortium meeting held at UC Berkeley, where she discusses diversity in higher education and the promise of transformative education.

  • Video: Panel Discussion on Erotic Life of Racism Panel
    Aug 10 2013 - 10:05am

    In her recent book The Erotic Life of Racism, Sharon Holland implores us to consider "how the transatlantic slave trade altered the very shape of sexuality in the Americas for everyone." This panel considers the erotic domain, which offers a glimpse into explicit and enduring racial preferences in an age where racial bias has become veiled and subtle. Consider, for example, common statements in online dating profiles declaring a "preference" for "whites only" or "no blacks and Asians." Since most people consider sex and romantic relationships key to their personal happiness, examining racial disparities in this domain may provide a marker of racial progress, particularly as it intersects with gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. How does racism manifest itself in intimate interracial relationships? How do racialized differences, such as skin color, continue to have erotic impact even in the absence of white actors? What, if anything, can we do about it?

    Panel Presenters:

    • Melissa Murray is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.
    • Russell Robinson is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. He is the chair of the HIFIS LGBTQ cluster, and the panel moderator.
    • Juana María Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a core faculty member in the HIFIS LGBTQ Cluster.

    (Rodriguez's talk begins at 41:00)

  • 2013 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award
    Mar 23 2013 - 1:45pm

    Nominated by inspired colleagues, current and former graduate students, Professor Juana María Rodríguez was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to helping UC Berkeley graduate students succeed academically and professionally and creatively pursue new ideas. 

  • Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez awarded Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award!
    Feb 13 2013 - 9:24am

    Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez received the Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011-2012.  She will be honored at a reception on Thursday, February 7, 2013  in the Durant Hall Atrium (2nd floor) from 4-6pm.  For information on Professor Rodriguez' research please visit her faculty page. Congratulations Professor Rodriguez!


Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings. New York University Press, 2014

Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces. New York University Press, 2003
Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“Latino, Latino/a, Latin@.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 2nd edition.  Edited by Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler.  NY: New York University Press, 2014.

“Queering the Archive: A Roundtable Discussion,” Radical History Review 2014 (120), Fall 2014: (In Press).

“Viscous Pleasures and Unruly Feminisms” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20, no. 4 (2014): (In Press).

“Queer Sociality and Other Sexual Fantasies.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 17, no. 2 (2011): 331-48.

“Translating Queer Caribbean Localities in Sirena Selena Vestida De Pena.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. 34, no. 3 (2009): 205-23.

“The Affirmative Activism Project.” Profession. December 2007: 156-166.

“Ethnic Scholarship, Transnational Studies, Institutional Locations.” PMLA 122 (2007): 812-14.

“Gesture and Utterance: Fragments from a Butch Femme Archive.” In A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, edited by George E. Haggerty and Molly McGarry, 282-91. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007

“Getting F****D in Puerto Rico: Metaphoric Provocations and Queer Activist Practices.” In None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era edited by Frances Negrón-Muntaner, 129-45. New York: Palgrave, 2007

“Vizenorian Jurisprudence: Legal Interventions, Narrative Shadows and Other Interpretive Possibilities.” In Loosening the Seams: Interpretations of Gerald Vizenor edited by A. Robert Lee, 246-62. New York: McGraw Hill Publishing, 2000.

Selected Reviews and Blogs

“The Promise of Transformative Education,” Creating Connections Consortium, May 13, 2014

“Our Chusma, Ourselves: On the Ghosts of Queerness Past,” boundary2, March 10, 2014 

Book Review. “Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard Tails,” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 20:1, Fall 2008: 270-272.


Queer Latinidad
Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (Sexual Cultures)
Juana Rodriguez
NYU Press, 2003

Rodríguez documents the ways in which identities are transformed by encounters with language, the law, culture, and public policy. She identifies three key areas as the project's case studies: activism; immigration law; and cyberspace. In each, Rodríguez theorizes the ways queer Latino/a identities are enabled or constrained.

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings
Juana Maria Rodriguez
New York University Press, 2014

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings proposes a theory of sexual politics that works in the interstices between radical queer desires and the urgency of transforming public policy, between utopian longings and everyday failures.

  • Studies of Sex, Sexuality and Race
  • Latin@ Popular Culture, Performance Studies, and Media Arts
  • Queer Theory and Cultural Activism
  • Critical Race Theory